The Alabama, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War

Front Cover
Indiana University Press, 2004 - History - 225 pages

When Frank J. Merli died in December 2000, he left many manuscripts related to Great Britain and the American Civil War. At the request of Merli's widow, David M. Fahey has edited this volume for publication. It offers a spirited critique of the way historians have presented the international dimension of the American Civil War. The book offers a fresh account of the escape of the CSS Alabama from British territorial waters in 1862, the decision of its captain, Raphael Semmes, to fight a Union gunboat off the coast of France in 1864, and the curious story of a British-built Chinese flotilla that could have become a small Confederate fleet had negotiations with the Chinese not broken down. The book will appeal to naval and diplomatic historians and to all Civil War buffs.

 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

THE INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION OF THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR
v
TOWARD THE CSS ALABAMA
12
THE LAW OF THE ALABAMA
23
E D ADAMS ROUNDELL PALMER AND THE ESCAPE OF THE ALABAMA
71
CAPTAIN BUTCHERS MEMOIR OF THE ALABAMAS ESCAPE
102
RAPHAEL SEMMES AND THE CHALLENGE AT CHERBOURG
123
THE CONFEDERACYS CHINESE FLEET 18611867
140
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2004)

Frank J. Merli (1929-2000) was Professor of History at Queens College in the City University of New York. At the time of his death he was writing what amounted to a multi-volume sequel to Great Britain and the Confederate Navy, 1861-1865, portions of which are published under the title The Alabama, British Neutrality, and the American Civil War (Indiana University Press 2004).

David M. Fahey is Professor of History at Miami University of Ohio and author of Temperance and Racism: John Bull, Johnny Reb, and the Good Templars and co-editor of Alcohol and Temperance in Modern History: An International Encyclopedia. He lives in Oxford, Ohio.

Bibliographic information